Covid Vaccination & General Info

Vaccination Information

Covid Vaccinations 

We strongly recommend all those coming to university have had at least their 1st dose of a Covid vaccination. If you have not been able to have it prior to coming to Norwich, let us know and we can sort you out an appointment either with us or elsewhere. If you need a 1st, 2nd or booster you can book via us or via the national booking site:

Text Message Invites

If you have received a text message from UEAMedCentr with an Accurx.nhs weblink, this is legitimate. This text message allows you to book your Covid appointment online. If there are no appointments available, please retry at a later date as more will be released as more vaccine supplies arrive.

Norwich GP Vaccination Centres

Covid vaccinations arrange by us are being carried out at a couple locations across Norwich; 

  1. Lionwood Medical Practice 30a Wellesley Avenue, Norwich, NR1 4NU 
  2. Gurney Medical Practice 40 Fishergate, Norwich, NR3 1SE 
  3. UEA Medical Centre (occasional pop up clinics)

Guidance for Patients who have had Covid vaccines outside of the UK

If you are coming to the UK from abroad and have already had either a partial or full course of covid vaccination in another country, you may need a further vaccine once you arrive in the UK.  

This will depend on which vaccine you have received. In all cases, please ensure that there has been 8 weeks or more between the last vaccine given abroad before you attend a vaccination centre in the UK. 

If you have had a full course of any of the following vaccines you do not need a further vaccine on arrival to the UK:

  • AstraZeneca/Vaxzeveria (2 doses)
  • *Pfizer/BioNTech (2 doses)
  • Institute of India/Covishield (2 doses)
  • Moderna (2 doses)
  • Novavax (2 doses)
  • Janessen/Johnson&Johnson (single dose)
  • Gamelaya National Centre of Epidemiology & Microbiology/Sputnik V (2 doses)

If you have had a incomplete course of any of the above, please book via the NHS booking site

*UEA Medical Centre only has Pfizer clinics available to book into – if you need this vaccine, contact reception 01603 251600 to book.  All other vaccines will need booking via the NHS booking site

If you have had one or two doses of any of the following vaccines, you will require a further vaccine. Please attend a covid vaccination clinic for a further vaccine on arrival to the UK and book via the NHS booking site

  • *Sinopharm
  • Sinovac/CoronaVac
  • Gamelaya National Centre of Epidemiology & Microbiology/Sputnik Light
  • CanSino Biologics/Convidencia
  • Bharat Biotech/Covaxin

*If you have had three doses of Sinopharm, you do not need any further vaccine in the UK.

Important: We cannot add covid vaccines from overseas to the NHS App (covid passport). The NHS App will only show covid vaccinations given in the UK.  

You can find further information about the Covid-19 and the vaccination programme here.

NHS App and overseas vaccines not showing

If you have had your covid vaccine(s) overseas, please note that it is not possible for us to record details in such a way that they will appear on the NHS app. We can only update a patient’s GP record. 

If you would like your overseas vaccines to appear on your NHS App, you will need to book an appointment to show evidence for any covid vaccine you have had outside of England so the NHS can securely update your vaccination record. This is the only way vaccines outside of England and those given overseas can be added so they appear on the NHS App.  

Passport name not matching covid passport (on the NHS App)

We are being asked by patients to change their name on their GP records to match their passport. This is because usually they have changed their name but only informed either the passport office or the surgery and not both. 

We can do this on your GP records, but the automatic update this triggers to the central NHS databased that links your covid passport may take a few days. This is out of our control. 

The covid passport does note show your middle name. We are therefore unable to add middle names to your covid passport.  You need to take this up with the consulate or embassy of the country you are travelling to. 

You can either email a clear photo of your passport showing the exact name to [email protected] or come into the medical centre in person for reception to verify your passport details.  If you choose to send this via email, please be advised that this is unsecured and done so at your own risk.

You must understand that for a while your GP records will be out of sync with hospital records and prescriptions until the automatic links are updated externally. 

We will try and do this within a few (working) days of asking, but this can not take precedence over urgent medical tasks.  

Side Effects following vaccination & MHRA reporting site 

Mild side effects are to be expected after vaccination and some may not have any, but if you experience any serious, concerning or ongoing side effects, you should contact us and speak to a GP for advice. 

Information about general side effects post vaccination can be found below;

If you have any prolonged, unusual or severe side effects you should also report them using the MHRA Yellow Card reporting site  

General Information and Support

Covid Information in foreign languages

Symptom free (lateral flow) testing

Around 1 in 3 people with coronavirus do not have symptoms and can therefore spread the virus without knowing. Order lateral flow testing kits and report online 

Latest information

NHS Covid19 Track and Trace App

Suspected symptoms or contacts

If you are concerned that you may have the virus or have had contact with a suspected or confirmed case, DO NOT attend a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital.  Stay indoors, avoid contact with others and visit; 

Stay at home guidance for people with confirmed or suspected covid and their households

UEA Students and Staff

UEA students and staff can find information and guidance specific to the university at;

Mental Health 

Mental health support you can find on the following websites;

If you feel unable to cope or keep yourself safe, it is important to get urgent support;

Vulnerable ‘High Risk’ Patients


Recovering from Covid

Latest Travel Advice 

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Last updated:10.08.2021